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Green Tea for Hair: Stimulates Growth + Gives it Glorious Shine

Green tea for hair

 

Green Tea is Fab for your Hair.

My parents visited Darjeeling some time ago, and they brought me a few bags of green tea. Since then it has just been sitting in my cupboard as I simply dislike the taste of green tea. So I have thought of putting it to another good use – as a hair wash.

Amazing Benefits of Green Tea for your Hair & Scalp

While green tea comes from the same plant as black – camellia sinensis, it undergoes minimal processing, leaving it with more antioxidants and nutrients.

It’s these antioxidants as well as presence of caffeine that help reduce hair loss and improve hair thickness. Some studies show that caffeine helps to block DHT – the hormone that causes hair loss and thinning.

Green tea is a good source of panthenol, which is often used in shampoos and conditioners to strengthen hair. It also contains a unique amino acids called theanine. This amino acid along with panthenol work to strengthen the hair shaft and help prevent split ends.

Besides, green tea has wonderful tonic and astringent qualities that seal in moisture and add shine and luster to hair.

In addition, the natural vitamin C in green tea can protect your hair and scalp from sun damage. And if you have scalp issues such as psoriasis or dandruff, green tea can bring relief from it.

How to Make & Use Green Tea 

you will need:

Optional add-ins

  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel (conditions hair and creates smooth shine)
  • 1 clove (scalp stimulating)
  • A small piece of cinnamon (promotes faster hair growth)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime or orange peel (conditions and adds shine)
  • 1 teaspoon licorice root ( moisturising and hair softening)
  • 1 teaspoon argan oil (hair nourishing and strengthening)

Place the green tea (and other herbs like clove, cinnamon, and orange peel ) in a pot or jug and pour hot water over them. Let them steep, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes. Then strain the liquid (don’t throw away the spent green tea leaves, sprinkle them around your plants and see them bloom).

Once the tea cools down, add aloe vera gel and use.

Tip: If your hair is on dry side, add a few drops of argan oil or any of your favourite oil to this tea.

How To Use

Use as a final rinse. Pour the green tea water into your hair. Work it into your scalp and hair and leave it on for 3 to 5 minutes. Then rinse off with cool water to lock in the shine.

Note: You can use squeeze/applicator bottle for easy pouring. You will find them at beauty stores or online.

You can use this tea one or twice a week.

Green tea water as a hair wash

This tea has cleansing qualities, so you can use it as a mild shampoo after a sweaty work out or whenever your hair needs some freshening up. And it even works great in hard water.

Buying Green Tea 

You can buy loose green tea or buy a box of green tea bags. Make sure the ingredient is pure green tea, without any additives. Or you won’t get the results.

I personally prefer loose green tea as it has minimal packaging, therefore environmental friendly.

Have you every washed your hair with green tea? How did it work for you?

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